Excelsior College, a private, nonprofit, distance learning institution in Albany, N.Y. begins offering classes for its new Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) program this month. Students pursuing the degree can select a concentration in either Informatics or Homeland Security and Emergency Management.
“The Master of Science in Criminal Justice offers students an opportunity to deepen their understanding of criminal behavior and the criminal justice system, and to develop the skills required for leadership and policy-making in a variety of career pathways,” said Piyusha Singh, PhD., Excelsior College program director.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice program requires 30 credits of study – 18 core credits, nine elective credits in the chosen concentration and a three-credit capstone course at the end of the program.
The Informatics concentration provides students with an understanding of the role of data, databases, and information in criminal justice. The program emphasizes how information is incorporated into decision-making and how to effectively manage information in today’s technological environment. The Homeland Security and Emergency Management concentration examines domestic and international security issues and their impact on criminal justice organizations and policies. This concentration emphasizes how criminal justice leaders can make effective policies and decisions in today’s security environment.
“While a graduate degree can certainly help those in law enforcement advance, an education in criminal justice is not just a path to a uniform and a badge,” said Dr. Scott Dalrymple, dean of Excelsior College’s School of Liberal Arts. “Graduates have the knowledge and skill sets to pursue a variety of career paths, from the lab to law.”
For more information on the program individuals can visit Excelsior’s criminal justice program page.